Two killed when suspected intoxicated driver plows car into crowd at SXSW

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:03am

Police say a drunk driver plowed through barricades set up for the South by Southwest Festival, killing a man and a woman and injuring nearly two dozen others. The crowd was gathered outside of the nightclub in downtown Austin. The suspect's now in custody, facing murder charges, Rosa Flores has more.

"Multiple people down."

One minute of peril leaves two dead as a driver under pursuit crashed into a crowd of people at South by Southwest . People scattered in the streets with serious injuries. Police rushed to the scene, performing CPR as ambulances were on their way.

Witness, "I just saw all these people like flying. It was terrifying"

Police say the driver crashed through barricades they'd set up, plowing through a crowd outside of a nightclub nearly two dozen people were injured.

Witnesses describe the scene, "People down every 10 feet, everywhere you look, somebody's been hit. I just remember seeing people bouncing off the street all the way. That's when the cops came through with the helicopter chasing them and everybody was just scattered."

Police say the suspect was driving the wrong way down a one-way street, when they attempted to pull him over suspecting him of drinking and driving. The suspect sped off, almost hitting an officer.

Austin Police Chief, "As a result of this person's reckless and willful disregard for the safety of the people of this city, we've had 2 individuals who were pronounced dead."

The suspect now facing two counts of capital murder for allegedly killing two people who were on a moped. Police say the suspect also struck a taxi and a van before fleeing on foot. The whole incident took place in the span of one minute.

Police subdued the driver with a taser, taking him into custody.

The incident took place on the first night of the music portion of South by Southwest, an annual music, film and interactive conference drawing such big names as Kanye West, Jay Z and Lady Gaga.

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